Announcing Indigenous Collections Symposium 2021

Feb 04, 2021
This edition of ONmuseums is sponsored by RAM Digital Imaging
Need to Know
Tip Sheet: CEWS, T2200, Ontario Small Business Support Grant, and more!
Young Associates

Resources kindly shared by Young Associates. Provided for information, not to be taken as legal advice:

"The Canada Emergency Wage subsidy guidelines have been published through Period 13, which will take us to March 13, 2021. You can find a list of the changes to the program HERE.

The Ontario Small Business Support Grant provides funding of between $10,000 to $20,000 to small businesses to help cover expected revenue loss due to the Provincewide Shutdown. The grant amount is determined on a sliding scale based on percent revenue drop, comparing April 2020 to April 2019. A full breakdown of program guidelines can be found in the User Application Guide found HERE

In normal years, the T2200 form is used to claim tax deductions for work from home expenses. Employees who worked from home more than 50% of the time over a period of at least four consecutive weeks in 2020 due to COVID-19 will now be eligible to claim the home office expenses deduction for 2020. The CRA's new program guidelines can be found HERE."

The entire Tip Sheet can be found HERE.

Notice to Community Museum Operating
Grant (CMOG) Recipients

OMA was advised by MHSTCI that an error occurred in the TPON/Transfer Payment Ontario portal. CMOG recipients are to disregard the report request in 15 days, this message was sent in error. 

Members will know that OMA has recommended that a simplified application process, similar to last year, be implemented by MHSTCI in order to alleviate administrative and reporting burden on museums to permit them to focus on pandemic recovery efforts and priorities.

Minister MacLeod to host Webinars outlining Ontario's COVID-19 Financial Supports

The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, will host 13 regional webinars to outline financial supports offered by the Ontario government in response to the pandemic. These programs include: 

  1. Small Business Support Grants of up to $20,000
  2. Property Tax and Energy Bill Rebates
  3. Main Street Relief Grant for PPE Support of up to $1000
  4. Not For Profit Support with Ontario Trillium Foundation (additional $100 million in COVID-19 supports beyond the $103 million annual budget)
  5. Support for Arts Organizations (additional $25 million in COVID-19 supports beyond the $60 million budget)

Please sign up to attend the webinar for your region. To Register, click HERE.

Feb. 4, 10am: Ontario's Highlands
Feb. 4, 2pm: Muskoka
Feb. 5, 2pm: Northern Ontario
Feb. 8, 10am: Southwest Ontario
Feb. 9, 10am: Niagara
Feb. 9, 2pm: Hamilton, Halton & Brant
Feb. 10, 2pm: Huron, Perth, Waterloo & Wellington

Apply for the small business grant, PPE support and property tax and energy bill relief HERE.

Not for profits, tourism and culture operators and sports organizations will be able to access government support of an additional $100 Million over the next two years through the Community Building Fund of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the government is investing an additional $25 Million to support core cultural institutions and artists with emergency funding through the Ontario Arts Council.

The OMA will publicize details of these upcoming initiatives when they are available.

At the OMA

Save the Date!
March 25-26

The OMA, our partners and members of the Indigenous Collections Symposium Working Group are thrilled to announce that the Indigenous Collections Symposium: Mashkawatgong mamawewiziwin - Strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices has been rescheduled and is transitioning from an in-person to an online event. ICS will be presented online on March 25-26, 2021, with a pre-symposium event on March 24, 2021.
Registration opens on Tuesday, February 9, 2021
All registrations from the 2020 event will carry forward - watch your inbox for a confirmation email.

In the meantime: revisit the sessions and proceedings from the Indigenous Collections Symposium 2017: Promising Practices, Challenging Issues and Changing the System.
Webinar Recording Available:
"Ask Me Anything" with Susan Maltby

Co-presented with the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP)

Susan Maltby generously volunteered her time to make her rich experience as a conservator accessible through this platform. 
Watch the recording HERE.
New and Renewing OMA Members
Arnprior and District Museum
Backhouse Historic Site
Backus-Page House Museum
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Canada's Penitentiary Museum
     (Correctional Services Museum)
Carr McLean Ltd.
Chatham-Kent Museum
Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War
Haldimand Museums
Jet Aircraft Museum
Joffe/ Audio Video Design
J Steckle Heritage Homestead
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
Kawartha Settlers' Village
Kingsville Historical Park Inc.
Kirkfield & District Historical Society
Lang Pioneer Village Museum
Lithuanian Museum - Archives of Canada
Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of 
Lynch + Comisso Inc.
Museum of Dufferin
Museum on the Boyne
Muskoka Heritage Place - Museum,
     Village & Train
Myseum of Toronto
Nuria Montblanch Design
Oil Museum of Canada
Osgoode Township Museum
Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archives
Peterborough Museum & Archives
Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
Ridge House Museum
Sault Ste. Marie Museum
Sherbrooke Museum of Nature
     and Science
St. Marys Museum
Theatre Museum Canada
The Canadian Canoe Museum
The Canadian Clock Museum
The Craigleith Heritage Depot
The Museum of The Royal Regiment
     of Canada
The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
Toronto Fire Historical Society
Town of Lincoln Museum and Cultural
Watson's Mill Manotick Inc
Woodland Cultural Centre
Woodstock Museum N.H.S.
Zone Display Cases
Sector News
Call for Proposals: Sectoral Initiatives
Grant Program

Government of Canada
Deadline: March 04, 2021

The Sectoral Initiatives Program is a grants and contributions program that helps address current and future skills shortages by supporting the development and distribution of sector-specific labour market intelligence, national occupational standards, skills certification and accreditation systems, and innovative workforce development approaches while also promoting the participation of under-represented groups.
This initiative is meant to support economic recovery through stakeholder-based initiatives that will help key sectors address their immediate and emerging workforce challenges. 
Project proposals must seek to achieve at least one of the following two objectives:
1) Develop and implement sector-based solutions to address the workforce challenges of Canadian workers and employers
2) Address a specific need in support of economic recovery in a specific sector or across sectors

For more information, click HERE.

Canadian Canoe Museum announces purchase of Johnson Property

The Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) and the City of Peterborough announced today the conditional purchase and sale of Johnson Property, the City-owned land at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, ON.

City Council approved the direction to proceed with the sale of the land on Monday subject to a number of conditions including rezoning. Project validation and confirmation of site appropriateness are among the additional conditions that must be met to close the deal. CCM will pay $1.575M for the five acres of land in a transaction expected to be completed by the summer.

Read more HERE.

Recording: 2021 Black History Month Kick-Off
Ontario Black History Society

Join the Ontario Black History Society in celebrating Black History Month with "History... Who We Are!" OBHS has released the recording of this event which is currently available on YouTube.

This history continues, from the past to the present, even amidst a pandemic. History anchors us, especially during times like this. This event feature community recognition profiles, Black history, entertainment, museum tours and so much more. History…Who We Are!

View the recording HERE.
Download the Black History Month Kick-Off e-Program Book HERE.

Online Event: Heritage Matters Live
With Esi Edugyan

The Ontario Heritage Trust presents bestselling author and two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner Esi Edugyan for an exclusive talk on her internationally acclaimed novel Washington Black – touching on the themes of Black heritage, identity, belonging and displacement. The broadcast will also include a virtual visit to Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site and a question-and-answer segment with Esi Edugyan that features questions from youth and leaders from Ontario’s Black heritage community.

Screenings for this 70-minute event will be available for a limited time only.
Pre-registration is required.

For students and educators (ideal for Grade 7 and up):

  • February 18, 2021 from 8 a.m. to Noon
  • February 23, 2021 from 8 a.m. to Noon

General public:

  • February 25, 2021 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
  • March 11, 2021 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
  • March 16, 2021 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Read more and register HERE.

Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum gains attention in documentary at film festivals across North America


A documentary about being Black in Chatham-Kent is gaining attention at film festivals across North America.

The North Star: Finding Black Mecca explores the stories of the Black community in the southwestern Ontario municipality. The film has been picked up by the Baltimore Black International Film Festival and the Montreal Independent Film Festival and this weekend, it heads to the virtual Denton Black Film Fest in Texas.

Read more HERE.

In the Media
St. Marys Museum photo-sharing contest brings historic images back to life
Museum of Dufferin to host online event on Solidarity for Black History Month
Thunder Bay Museum releases documentary exploring the life of Ontario legend Wendell Beckwith
Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre hosting virtual “Adventure Talks” series
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Job Postings and Events
Chief Curator ED&C
City of Toronto

As a member of the Museums and Heritage Services senior leadership team, the Chief Curator works closely with the Director, Museum Site Leadership, the Curatorial team, the Acquisition Committee, and various community stakeholders in bringing the Toronto History Museum's new vision, mission and new programming narrative to life. This is an exciting time to join our team as we embark on an ambitious and intentional journey, in which you will have the opportunity to re-imagine the curatorial program.

For more information, click HERE.

Project Lead: Hamilton 175 Digital Exhibits
and Experiences

City of Hamilton

Reporting to the Manager, Heritage Resource Management, the Project Lead is responsible for the Hamilton 175 project which celebrates the City’s 175th anniversary and for ensuring that project leadership duties are delivered through the effective use of financial, internal and external human resources. 

For more information, click HERE.

Museum Maintenance Specialist
The Bank of Canada Museum

As Museum Maintenance Specialist you will be responsible for the general maintenance and upkeep of the Museum’s highly digital permanent and temporary exhibitions. The role requires practical skills and knowledge of IT systems, the ability to read technical drawings, general carpentry and electrical skills. Your tasks will also require knowledge of workplace health and safety protocols.  

For more information, click HERE.

Ontario Museum Jobs

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The OMA features job listings from the online submissions received through our website.  To submit a listing for an open position at your institution, CLICK HERE!
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COVID-19 Resources

The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.
Read more HERE.

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